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Thursday, 1 September 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- The item was postponed in order that it might be considered in relation to the duty to which the Committee has just agreed upon materials and minor articles, as prescribed by departmental by-laws, for use in the manufacture of goods within the Commonwealth. The Department of Trade and Customs will make inquiries in regard to the matter raised by Senator Pratten. If it is found that similar parts cannot be made commercially in Australia, they will be admitted free from Great Britain and at 10 per cent from other countries under item 404.

Item agreed to.

Item 405 (Models of inventions), item 406 (Natural history specimens), item 407 (Ophthalmic instruments. Sca.), item 408 (Outside packages), item 409 (Passengers' personal effects), item 410 (Pictures n.e.i.), item 411 (Pictures, being coloured supplements for newspapers), item 412 (Pictorial illustrations for teaching purposes),' item 413 (Pipes, smoking, &c), item 414 (Pipes, smoking, wholly of clay), and item. 415 (Plates for engravers and lithographers), agreed to.

Item 416-

(A)   Scientific instruments and' apparatus . . . as prescribed by departmental bylaws, ad val., British, free; intermediate, free; general, 20 per cent.

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